SAN Sebastian coach Allan Trinidad admitted the Stags’ NCAA Final Four game against Letran Saturday night was decided right in the first 10 minutes of the game.
“First quarter pa lang tapos na ang laban,” said Trinidad as he forlornly walked out of the San Sebastian dugout at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum following the team’s 74-92 loss against the Knights.
“Yung Kevin Alas, lahat ng itira pasok. So doon pa lang decided na agad `yung outcome.”
Alas led a spirited Letran charge to open the game as the Knights raced to a 27-7 lead at the end of the first period.
By halftime, it was 46-28, and Alas already with 22 points.
The youngest of the two playing sons of Letran coach Louie Alas finished with a season-high 43 points.
As any consolation for the Stags, the lopsided loss doesn’t mean the end of the season for the team.
They still have one last shot at a Finals berth when they meet the Knights anew in a sudden-death game on Monday, the winner of which get to advance and play defending champion San Beda in the best-of-three title series.
San Sebastian, which enjoyed a twice-to-beat advantage for finishing as the No. 2 seed in the eliminations, welcomes back to its fold gunner Ronald Pascual, who sat out the game for serving the suspension meted on him for committing a disqualifying foul.
“Malaking bagay sa amin si Ronald,” Trinidad admitted.